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BBS Documentary Interview Collection: Tracer[ACiD]


Published 2005


Interview with Tracer, artist for the ANSI art group ACiD. Conducted on March 8, 2004, in New York City, New York. Subjects discussed included ANSI art groups, switching groups based on opportunity, power structures of art groups, creating art in both ANSI and RIP graphics, and which artists Tracer found impressive. Post-BBS events are discussed as well.

At the beginning of the interview, a heat pipe clanks occasionally during both questions and answers, and then calms down for the remaining portion of the interview.


Run time 0:54:10
Producer Jason Scott Sadofsky
Production Company Bovine Ignition Systems
Audio/Visual mono, color
Language English

Reviews

Reviewer: LawBeefaroni - - December 20, 2006
Subject: Great "behind the scenes" for the DVD set.
I have the DVD set of "BBS: The Documentary." Unfortunately, I watched it almost in one sitting as soon as I got it. It was too good to stop watching.

The interviews posted on Archive.org are excellent follow-up to the distilled down finished product. They expand on the topics discussed on the DVDs and give more insight into the individuals being interviewed, as well as Sadofsky.

Highly recommended if you're interested in the technical AND human sides of the BBS "era." Nostalgic, informative, and all around fun.
Reviewer: kevinsb1 - - July 19, 2006
Subject: Great Interview!!
I liked the candid honesty.
Reviewer: Jason Scott / TEXTFILES.COM - - April 4, 2006
Subject: Clarifications
There isn't really a way to post a response to a review, so I'm posting in the review form; I'll give myself a 3-star (hey, I like myself) and clarify responses to Pole.

In case anyone's wondering, the Internet Archive automatically notifies uploaders about the posting of reviews, which is why I saw this so quickly.

"I have now wathced a couple of the bbs interviews, but i'm becomming increasingly frustrated... although the topic matter interrests me i cant help but get really annoyed by the interviewer who is seemingly unprepared and prone to long monologues made even more unbearable by his speach deficiency..."

I can't speak for my quality of speech or what you're hearing; as far as I know I don't have a speech impediment/deficiency, but I do have an accent.

"Some tips: 1.Prepare questions, 2.Show examples of the art or whatever is talked about (the lack of examples is actually more annoying than the interviewer) 3. Edit the interview! not everything the guy says is interesting, and what the interviewer is saying is just horrible"

Here, I think, is a fundmental misunderstanding as to what these interviews are.

The interviews are raw, truly raw footage from a documentary I shot called "BBS: The Documentary". That documentary is 5 and a half hours in eight episodes, and contains 250 hours of footage distilled down to the 5.5. My questions, the answers, and all the rest have been intercut between the 200 interviews I did, given music, illustrative art, and all the "usual" stuff you would expect. It is a commercial product, and is available at bbsdocumentary.com.

This is literately the full interview with Tracer, including my chatting with him, coming up with questions, and discussing what he could remember of the subject (which, as you saw, was very variant; it was 10 years ago at that point and he'd gotten some pretty involved living in there).

"4. Dont call Errol Morris a "nut"... he is after all one of the greatest docu directors on the planet... i'm surprised that the interviewer had actually read anything about Morris but then dismissing him as a "nut" thats just ignorant..."

I have read extensively on Morris both in his own words and the words of others, I have seen all of his films and I own several of them on DVD, and I have seen a lot of his commercial work. Errol Morris is a nut.

"5.Find people that you actually want to listen to speak..."

Tracer was hesitant about this interview and didn't think he'd have much to contribute. He did, in fact, and passages from this interview showed up in the final episode about ANSI art in the BBS Documentary.

"1 Star for the topic matter. sorry for the outburst but i got really frustrated by this one, especially because i thought the topic was interesting.."

I am sorry that you misunderstood this as a completed, edited work instead of being a full raw interview uploaded for the use of students, historians and other (as yet unforseen) uses.
Reviewer: Pole - - April 4, 2006
Subject: Improvements
I have now wathced a couple of the bbs interviews, but i'm becomming increasingly frustrated... although the topic matter interrests me i cant help but get really annoyed.
some tips:
1.Prepare questions,

2.Show examples of the art or whatever is talked about.

3. Edit the interview! not everything the guy says is interesting, and what the interviewer is saying is just horrible

4. Dont call Errol Morris a "nut"... he is after all one of the greatest docu directors on the planet... i'm surprised that the interviewer had actually read anything about Morris but then dismissing him as a "nut" thats just ignorant...

5.Find people that you actually want to listen to speak...

1 Star for the topic matter.

sorry for the outburst but i got really frustrated by this one, especially because i thought the topic was interesting..
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